Understanding Issues. Serving Needs.
Catholic Management Services offers strategic planning and professional services to support the mission of dioceses across the nation. Our story began in 2011–at the time, there was an ongoing request from Bishops and diocese leaders to provide funeral and cemetery consulting and management services. CMS was formed as a result of these requests. Since that time, we have established relationships with dioceses across the country while broadening the scope of our services along the way. As a Church ministry, we use a centralized service model, using our knowledge to share strategies and solutions with our clients. As a Church-owned organization, we are uniquely positioned to understand its issues and, therefore, serve its needs.
CMS staff works in numerous dioceses, supporting over 30 active cemeteries that conduct over 10,000 burial services annually. We also serve around 10 funeral centers that provide over 2,500 funeral and cremation services year after year. We incorporate best practices to deliver strategic models and shared solutions to meet the complex business needs of today’s Catholic Church. Our goal is to create a financially healthy and sustainable environment in areas ranging from funeral and cemetery operations to a variety of administrative functions. Our “shared services” model has reinvigorated a vital ministry, producing positive financial results when dioceses are being challenged to sustain their operations.
“The transformation of the cemetery ministry in the Diocese of Oakland has been extraordinary. As both a pastor of a parish and Vicar General of the diocese, I have witnessed firsthand how the establishment of Catholic Management Services has provided opportunities for greater service to families at the time of the death of a loved one. Additionally, those of us ministering in the name of the Church are able to encourage the family to draw from the rich liturgical tradition of the Church in the choices they make about Christian burial.”
~Very Reverend George Mockel, Vicar General, Oakland Diocese